“I've been punched in the face dozens of times over the last couple of years."
A few days ago I was having a chat with an old friend of mine that I haven't seen in a long time.
We were talking about many different things.
And one of them was about vision.
I don't even know how we ended talking about it.
I don't even like the word.
Because pretty much every leadership and self help book talks about it.
Everybody says that you've gotta have a vision in life.
That you've gotta have a mission.
And a purpose.
And some more blah blah blah.
But the problem is that no one ever tells you how to find that vision.
No one ever tells you how to find your life's vision.
So we're constantly trying to find a vision for our lives.
And a purpose.
Because that's what all of these book are saying.
But here's the problem...
You'll never find it just by thinking about it.
You'll never find anything in life just by thinking about it.
It just doesn't work.
Just like you won't find your future husband or wife by thinking about how they have to look like.
You only find them by going out there.
By creating opportunities for you, her or him.
By creating opportunities for you to run into each other.
By creating opportunities for you to get to know each other.
By figuring out what you like and what you don't like.
You won't find your future wife or husband by reading books.
Or reading blogs.
And the same holds true for finding your vision.
And pretty much everything else in life.
You've gotta go out there.
And see what works.
And what doesn't.
What you like.
And what you don't like.
See what you're good at.
What you're passionate about.
And then just do it.
But not just for a few months.
But for a few years.
So we don't do it.
Because it's too much work.
And instead we just sit around and think about it...
Over the past four years I've gone from employee to writer, then to public speaker and blogger, then to entrepreneur and writer and now I do all of these things at the same time.
It took me more than 900 blog posts, 9 books, more than 20 websites and more than 30 talks or so to find my vision.
And my purpose.
And I still don't really know what it is.
And it constantly changes.
Today my purpose is to write this right here.
Tomorrow it will be something else.
But it's still part of my overall vision.
And I'm sure it's going to change again over the next few months, years or even decades while I do stuff, get better at what I do and refine what I could do next.
It's not a linear process.
As a matter of fact its a complete disaster.
And it only makes sense looking back.
So what can you do if you don't know how to get started?
I don't know.
Because I don't know you.
But I can tell you what I did.
My vision was to find my vision...
Again, no one ever found her vision, her mission or her purpose just by thinking about it.
By sitting, waiting and wishing.
But what has all of this to do with getting back up again when you've been knocked out?
Well, nothing and everything...
If you don't know why you're getting up every single morning, if you don't know why you're even doing all of this, then at one point you won't be able to get back up again anymore.
And money is usually just a short term answer.
Because at one point you won't really care about it anymore.
And then you'll get stuck.
And those punches in your face will get stronger and stronger over time.
Especially when you don't know why you're even doing all of this.
For me, this is the only thing that helps me to get back up again every single morning.
That's the only thing that pushes me.
That's the only thing that helps me to get back up again after I've been punched in the face.
That's what has pushed me to write this right here.
And everything else I've ever put out there...
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